OPPOSES: MK Zehava Galon: “The decision will harm women and could be used by men as a bargaining chip against them.”
SUPPORTS: Rabbi Eliyahu Heishrik of the Chief Rabbinate: “We need to also consider the situation in which the man makes less money than the woman.”
By Gideon Allon
Female MKs from the opposition and coalition alike expressed outrage on Wednesday following a decision by the Chief Rabbinate to require some women to pay child support when couple divorce. Until now, only men have been required to pay child support.
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In a heated debate during a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK Rachel Azaria (Kulanu) said, “The man holds the ‘whip’ of providing a ‘get’ [religious divorce document] in his hands, and women are prepared to pay everything they have to buy their freedom.”
Israel’s High Court decided that family courts will decide whether a baby gets a circumcision when divorcing parents disagree on the issue, and not the rabbinical court that’s dealing with the divorce.
In a dramatic decision on religion and democracy, the High Court of Justice on Sunday took away authority from the rabbinical court system over whether a divorcing couple had to circumcise their son.
Secular “Brit Milah” Jewish circumcision ceremony – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
The vote to move the issue into the family court system was 6-1 with Deputy Supreme Court Justice Miriam Naor, Justices Salim Jabraun, Esther Hayot, Hanan Meltzer, Yoram Danziger and Neal Hendel voting in the majority against Justice Elyakim Rubsinstein voting in the minority. Continue Reading »